Faith Formation Friday May 29, 2020

Faith Formation Friday May 29, 2020

Hello Friends!

Happy Pentecost!

This is my favorite liturgical holiday, and we have a couple special things in this week’s worship video. – Anita

Sparkhouse is providing a Family Sunday School Resource for families of all ages to do together. The link to this week’s video is HERE, and the resource pages are HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Illustrated Ministry has resources for this time as well and can be found HERE.

Adult Forum on Zoom
David K has resumed Adult Forum on Zoom at 9:30 am.  The Bible study will be on the Psalms. To participate, please send David an email at bentleykleiner@verizon.net before Sunday, and he will email you a Zoom invitation.

FROM PASTOR KERN: Here We Stand…..sort of…..maybe: An Invitation to Conversations on the Edge facilitated by Pastor Kern

What will our lives look like after the pandemic?  No one can say with absolute certainty what will emerge.  We find ourselves living in a time of enormous social, political, religious, and personal upheaval.  Where are we now?  What do we do now?  How might our faith inform our struggle?  Where is our hope?

When Martin Luther stood trial for his then-heretical beliefs, he famously declared in the face of some of the greatest power the world had ever known, Here I stand.  I cannot do otherwise.  So help me God.  In the clarity of history, we now see Luther as a very human figure with some views we find abhorrent today. But as equally flawed, faithful saints we might ask ourselves:  Where do we stand?  What is God requiring of us?

As the people of God, we are caught up in a great upheaval that has created a burgeoning collision between long-held expressions of faith and contemporary challenges that the church has not considered before.  We find ourselves trying our best to be faithful, but to what end?  Our children are not following in our footsteps.  Our neighbors find our practices quaint.  To say nothing of the hostilities that still exist between and among the people of God in all their various traditions.  Add in the anxiety and fear of a pandemic and here we are, trying to find our path as we walk.  I believe the future of faith and the church is going to be different, but also bright.  That hope is born out of a conviction that we have within us capacity and the desire to think together about difficult questions.  We will not all come to the same conclusions and unanimity is not the goal – speaking and listening to each other and making space for God to move in our lives, is.

Please join me for these conversations each Wednesday evening at 7:30pm beginning June 3rd, via the Zoom link below.  As the Holy Spirit has called each of us into this body of Christ, I believe we each have gifts to share.  We can learn from each other. 

I’m looking forward to the conversation.

Pastor Kern

Time: Jun 3, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)       
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